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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fan]
    • /fæn/
    • /fæn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan]
    • /fæn/

Definitions of fan word

  • noun fan an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin. 1
  • verb with object fan to move or agitate (the air) with or as if with a fan. 1
  • verb with object fan to cause air to blow upon, as from a fan; cool or refresh with or as if with a fan: He fanned his face with a newspaper. 1
  • verb with object fan to stir to activity with or as if with a fan: to fan a flame; to fan emotions. 1
  • verb with object fan (of a breeze, current of air, etc.) to blow upon, as if driven by a fan: A cool breeze fanned the shore. 1
  • verb with object fan to spread out like a fan: The dealer fanned the cards. 1

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Origin of fan

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English fann < Latin vannus winnowing basket

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fan


fan popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fan usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fan

noun fan

  • leaf — one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant.
  • blade — The blade of a knife, axe, or saw is the edge, which is used for cutting.
  • draft — a drawing, sketch, or design.
  • propeller — a device having a revolving hub with radiating blades, for propelling an airplane, ship, etc.
  • vaneSir Henry (Sir Harry Vane) 1613–62, British statesman and author.

verb fan

  • ventilate — to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.
  • ruffle — to beat (a drum) in this manner.
  • aerate — To aerate a substance means to cause air or gas to pass through it.
  • winnow — to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities.
  • refresh — to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).

Antonyms for fan

noun fan

  • adversary — Your adversary is someone you are competing with, or arguing or fighting against.
  • opponent — a person who is on an opposing side in a game, contest, controversy, or the like; adversary.
  • enemy — A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

verb fan

  • close — When you close something such as a door or lid or when it closes, it moves so that a hole, gap, or opening is covered.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • lull — to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing.
  • quiet — making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
  • abridge — to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting

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